Alternative History. That did NOT happen to us By Eugene V . Bobukh. Project Orion. Spaceship driven by nuclear explosions. Yes this is absolutely possible. Earth to LRO fallout: 0 .1-10 Mt. Saturn manned roundtrip: 1 year in 1970s. Alpha Centauri: ~80 years in 1980s. Proposed: 1946.
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That did NOT happen to us
By Eugene V. Bobukh
Spaceship driven by nuclear explosions.
Yes this is absolutely possible.
Earth to LRO fallout: 0.1-10 Mt.
Saturn manned roundtrip: 1 year in 1970s.
Alpha Centauri: ~80 years in 1980s.
Incepted: 1958. Serious design and testing.
Killed: 1963 by Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (!!!) and other political issues.
To those familiar with Soviet sci-fi: see “Хиус”, 1959.
After Chernobyl and Fukushima, don’t even propose that aloud anymore…
How many people here recognize this machine?
This thing flew. For real.
Yes, a mockup only. But totally feasible.
A single-stage, completely reusable orbital rocket.
Built by McDonnell Douglas & Strategic Defense Initiative Organization in 1991. Test flown.
Transferred to NASA in 1993. Improved. Crashed in 1996.